10 Weird Facts About IHOP

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The International House of Pancakes, more commonly referred to as IHOP, has come to be known the world over for its mouth watering pancakes, delicious burgers, and delectable sandwiches. Founded in 1958, IHOP got its start in Burbank, California. Today, IHOP locations can be found all across the globe. Their menu offers affordable breakfast staples that you can count on time and time again, no matter which location you visit.

IHOP’s original name was International House of Pancakes.

IHOP is an acronym for the restaurant’s original name. Today, the shortened version is far more popular, but both can be used interchangeably.

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It all started with breakfast.

Present-day IHOP guests can choose from not only a wide assortment of breakfast options, but from lunch and dinner items as well. However, the restaurant started out only serving breakfast.

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IHOP commercials once featured a cartoon kangaroo.

If you dig deep enough online, you may be lucky enough to come across one of these old IHOP ads starring an animated kangaroo.

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IHOP bought out Applebee’s in cash.

The $2.1 billion all cash transaction took place in 2007, when IHOP bought back shares from Applebee’s shareholders.

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Detroit is home to an IHOP/Applebee’s hybrid restaurant.

The restaurant, located in Downtown Detroit, offers guests the best of both menus.

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IHOP Introduced Express service in 2009

IHOP Express offers many of the most popular IHOP menu items but with speedier service.

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IHOP is absolutely international.

There are over 1,600 IHOP locations worldwide, and guests across all of North America, Latin America, the Middle East, and a number of other parts of the world can enjoy delicious pancakes.

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IHOPs in Vermont serve real maple syrup.

Even though IHOP is known for serving its legendary syrup with pancakes, guests who dine at IHOP locations in Vermont will get to enjoy genuine Vermont maple syrup instead.

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Every single IHOP location was renovated in the 1980s.

Despite the major overhaul to the entirety of the restaurant chain, not one IHOP location was outfitted with ovens. While the cost of one oven seems manageable, the cost of enough ovens for every IHOP would have broken the bank.

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New York City’s Lower East Side IHOP location had a bacon odor issue.

In 2011, the restaurant’s neighbors complained about the round-the-clock bacon aroma surrounding the 24-hour IHOP location. In response, IHOP installed an odor-killing machine that cost over $40,0000.

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